Community gardens expanded

Six new community garden plots have been added to the original six on 47th Avenue in Sylvan Lake thanks to volunteer support.

Six new community garden plots have been added to the original six on 47th Avenue in Sylvan Lake thanks to volunteer support.

Growing Green Neighbours (GGN), a community action group formed in 2008, is taking action to ensure the availability of adequate, nutritious, personally acceptable food to all citizens of Sylvan. Members include residents, agencies, schools and organizations.

The group is also responsible for community dinners where families and individuals can share a meal at least four times a year. Dinner entry is always by donation. All the food is home cooked by volunteers.

The town donated land for the community garden alongside one of the town well sites. This year’s addition doubled the number of plots and added a children’s garden component.

“With increased demand for more garden plots, compared to last year, GGN looked toward expanding and required someone to assist with that,” said Debbie Oostindie.

Arrow Excavating and TD Bobcat provided volunteer hours and the town’s leisure and protective services department assisted in the expansion.

“All the beds have been planted with anticipation from gardeners that the seeds will germinate with the wet weather we’ve had,” said Oostindie.

If you would like to learn more about food security or join GGN call Ooostindie at 403-887-0968.

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